Saturday, April 01, 2006

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Do you play tricks on your friends and co-workers? I used to but haven’t for the past couple of years. Tonight I get to ride in the police squad car so may be able to see some April Fool shenanigans. Also, the bars have to close an hour early and they often “forget” to do that, the officer told us at the last session.

I went to bed late to get somewhat turned around and had a cool recurring dream. I like those except when they’re nightmares, which I don’t have very often. After talking to my Mom for a couple of hours, the dream is fainter in my mind, but it was sort of a combination of “V” and “Dr. Strangelove” which we saw a couple of nights ago. In the dream I was part of an anarchist group surviving outside of the highly regimented system. We were called the S.O.S. which stood for “Shoot on Sight.” The dream had more than a bit of the book about street people and homeless that I just read, too, come to think of it. I was freezing cold on the “outside” and begging people for a blanket or a sweater. We were in spectacular scenery, looked like the sun setting over mountains in Utah or New Mexico! The “inside” where we were supposed to stay, live and obey orders was all in black and white. There were a slew of interesting details that I really wish I could recall now. But if I had stopped when first waking up and written this dream down, it would have been many, many pages!

This next thing is probably bad to put on a blog! If they are checking Google, they might even think that I’m offering drugs for sale! But no, these are what the narcotics team told us that the approximate street prices for drugs in our area are:

Cocaine: 1 gram = weight of a paper clip @ $1,000
28 grams= a ounce, and an eight-ball=3.8 grams
Crack Cocaine: $50/rock = size of a pencil eraser (can only be smoked)
Heroin: $275 an ounce. Quite uncommon nowadays, they said.
They passed around a large bag of pot, I think it was a pound, and said it was worth $800.
Meth: $100 per gram, 1/20 or 1/10 gram = $5 - $15, 1.7 grams “teener” = $150-$200
“Ice” version of Meth is twice as expensive, 3.5 grams or an eight-ball = $350-$450
They showed us and passed around other drugs in plastic bags, like mushrooms, but didn’t give street prices.

They diagrammed the Meth cycle: users have stayed awake for 14 days! They don’t get hungry or thirsty so don’t eat or drink liquids for much of that time, either, so their body suffers. Meth users who have children are totally unable to cope with the demands of parenthood. Sometimes they give their children Meth to keep them from demanding food, milk, etc. They showed a photo of a Meth baby. Even if the parents don’t actually give their children the drug, the kids are living in a highly toxic environment, and with parents who are not able to take care of them.

Of all the drugs, the officers agreed, Meth is the worst, quickest to harm the body, cheapest to get and one of the hardest to get off of. When the addicts go to a treatment center, they usually are sent home before the cycle of Meth is completed (45-days!) so the treatment doesn’t work as well for Meth users as for other addicts. Even in this smallish city, Meth pushers have given 14-year old girls free Meth—to get them hooked, so they can pay for their future drug needs with sex. Our county is second in the state for Meth labs.

The narcotics guys cautioned us to never open a cooler or bag on the side of the road, in a field, or not to mess with garbage lying around. You know how some organizations have people pick up trash from the side of the road? Well one guy opened a cooler that had waste from Meth manufacture. It blinded him for three days but he was lucky, they said, it could have killed him had he leaned right over the cooler as he opened it. The police think it was dumped off from a mobile Meth lab. It takes as little as 45 minutes to make a batch of Meth and there are traveling Meth dealers.

Well, enough parroting the police propaganda, but it was interesting and well worth listening. No April Fool on that!


Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Wow, thanks I learned a lot from your post and thank goodness I am not a drug user. Sounds like to me that it steals away your life. Life's too short to allow any of it to be taken away.

11:13 AM  
Blogger deni said...

Meth has ruined my step daughter's life, when I did research on it, I could not believe what they make that crap out of, it even has antifreeze in it, why anyone would want to put that stuff in their bodies is beyond me. It also causes not only weight loss, but also acne, not normal acne either, and it can cause brain damage, kidney failure, miscarriage, and numerous other physical problems, up to and including death. Not to mention the psychological, mental and emotional problems. It's a horrible drug, and unfortunately it is a wide spread problem across the nation.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Fizzy said...

OOOO when you hear these things about drugs you really get scared for your own children.
I hope that you have a good weekend

2:37 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Wow. "E" is the biggest problem here in Oz. It too is cheap, and is favored over cocktails and alcohol at nightclubs because it can provide that"drunk" feeling for a third of the cost. One tablet can cost $15 ($12American dollars)...the price of 2 drinks, and the 'high" lasts much much longer. Sadly, the side affects include dehydration.....very quickly and many end up in hospital and die within a few short hours.

3:25 PM  
Blogger Lorna said...

that sounds chilling.

9:40 PM  
Blogger portuguesa nova said...

Oh my God!

I have the smallest amount of willpower and most addictive personality of any alive. I just know that if I ever came within 5 feet of any of those substances, my life would be over as I know it.

1:14 PM  
Blogger Magpie said...

wow now i know i can't afford to be a drug addict...those are pricey, i thought they would be w whole lot cheaper than that for some wonder they say that crime to get the money for the drugs is worse...

can't wait to hear about your ridealong...


2:33 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

You sure keep yourself busy.

3:06 AM  

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